Sis­ter Jean wins 2018 Illi­nois Se­nior Hall of Fame award

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Of­fi­cials gath­ered to present Catholic nun and cel­e­brated Loy­ola-Chicago bas­ket­ball chap­lain Sis­ter Jean Dolores Sch­midt with Illi­nois’ 2018 Se­nior Hall of Fame award.

WLS-TV re­ports Illi­nois Gov. Bruce Rauner helped present the award Fri­day to the 99-year-old Sch­midt for her work to ex­pand higher ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for im­mi­grant stu­dents. She’s also in­volved in a pro­gramme that pairs stu­dents with mem­bers of a nearby re­tire­ment com­mu­nity.

Sch­midt won the hearts of many as she cheered on the Ram­blers dur­ing the NCAA tour­na­ment. The Na­tional Bob­ble­head Hall of Fame and Mu­seum, in con­junc­tion with Loy­ola, even pro­duced a lim­ited edi­tion Sis­ter Jean bob­ble­head.

State Sen. John Culler­ton, who nom­i­nated Sch­midt for the award, says she’s been a good­will am­bas­sador for the school, the city of Chicago and the state.

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